GRE Family Gazette

January 27, 2020

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Dear GRE Families,

Although it was a short week, we were able to accomplish great things! This is the time of year where learning is in full swing. This week we have a double feature for our Specials Spotlight. Mrs. Duffy, who is at GRE subbing for Mrs. Doran while she is on maternity leave, shares what students are working on in the art room. In addition, Mrs. Wood, our music teacher, will update you on the music room happenings. Be sure to check it out!

Just a reminder our 2019-2020 Yearbook Sale is happening now! Prepay envelopes were sent home with your student. You can also purchase online at The cost of the book is $16.00 per copy. The order deadline is January 31, 2020. Don't miss out!

Here's to a GREat week at GRE!

Kate Thoma

Principal, General Rosecrans Elementary

Specials Spotlight: Art with Mrs. Duffy

KG - Kindergarten students in each class have finished making Gingerbread Friends using clay, tempera paint, and mixed media for decoration! They now are starting to paint a night sky using a value scale of blues.

1st - First graders are finishing their Painted Collage Seahorse pieces. They used stamps and tempera paint to create unique and interesting designs. Then, they used these painted papers to create an underwater collage!

2nd - Second graders are finishing Jasper Johns Texture Name Paintings. After learning about Jasper Johns’ unique style, they used letter stencils to write out their own names. Then, they used a value scale of tempera paints to create texture and a Jasper Johns-style painting!

3rd - Third graders are finishing Picasso Animals with Paper Collage Background. After learning about Picasso’s unique style, students drew their own animals embracing Picasso’s style. They then created a paper collage background for their animals to live. Now they are learning how to make paper springs so the animals can pop off of the backgrounds!

4th - Fourth graders in each class have finished making Hanging Fabric Batiks. Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to fabric. Our classroom version involved students applying gel-glue to fabric, applying acrylic paint, then rinsing off the glue that acted as a resist. Students now have begun working with clay. Several classes are making ceramic birds while others classes are making ceramic cupcake jars!

A Note From the Nurse-Is it a cold or the flu?

As a reminder, students should remain home if they have the following:

  • a fever (temp 100.00 or greater),
  • vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hrs
  • have been given an antibiotic(must be on the antibiotic for 24hrs before returning)
  • unexplained rash
  • eyes with a purulent discharge
  • Nasal discharge that is green
Students should return to school when they are free of these symptoms without the use of over the counter medications, been on an antibiotic for a minimum of 24 hrs or have a note from their health care provider.
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News to Share

1. Our District has an operational levy on the ballot on March 17. This ballot issue will not raise taxes; it is a continuing levy that would replace a levy that is set to expire at the end of 2020. This levy represents 12% of our budget, and it is crucial in funding daily expenses such as teachers, utilities, and supplies. To vote in the election, voter registration must be completed or updated by February 18. For more information, please visit the levy page on our website: March 17, 2020 Levy Information

2. Are you a member of the military? Consider letting us know so that we can connect you with other families in the military and show our appreciation for your service at upcoming events. Click here to see available resources for our military families. We hope you'll join us for Military Appreciation Night at the HS basketball game on January 31st. We will host dinner at 6:30 and the game starts at 7:30. We can't wait to see you there!

3. Each year, we have a State of the Schools event to inform the community of all aspects of the district. This year, the State of the Schools took the form of the January edition of The Eagle Examiner. On Friday, the district posted photos from the edition EVERY HOUR on all the districts social media channels! You can also check out the full edition of The Eagle Examiner here: #InspireAndGuide

4. As a reminder, you must use the parent drop off loop when dropping your kids off in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon. This is for your child's safety and the safety of all of our students. We continue to see parents dropping off in the bus loop. Beginning this week, we will be blocking off this lot to help keep our students safe. If you have questions regarding pick up/drop off procedures, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

Special Spotlight: Music with Mrs. Wood


Students are singing, chanting, listening, dancing, and exploring movement. We recently read the story; “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Eric Carle and students used puppets to sing and create different musical responses to the questions in the story.

Music Playlist:

Ask your child to sing or chant: Charlie, A Tisket a Tasket, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

1st Grade:

Students are singing songs in different languages, dancing, and exploring movement. They are beginning to chant, decode, and create patterns in duple meter where the rhythms are organized in groups of two. They are also learning a fun partner folk dance called, “Chimes of Dunkirk”.

Music Playlist:

Gorilla and Cheetah, Mi Cuerpo, Che Che Kule

2nd Grade:

Students are chanting, decoding, and exploring songs and patterns in triple meter. They had fun exploring triple meter by pretending to ice skate with paper plates to a song called, “Skating” by George Winston. They are singing in harmony and performing ostinato accompaniment patterns on the xylophones.

Music Playlist:

Ask your student to sing: Are You Sleeping? Old Raggy, Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?, Let’s Play in the Snow, Ali and Jabber

3rd Grade:

Students are making progress on their recorder unit. They are learning new notes, songs, and rhythms. They are also learning how to articulate notes and play with a gentle sound.

Please remind your student to bring their red folders and recorders to music!

Music Playlist:

Ask your student to sing or play: Frog in the Meadow, Closet Key, Hot Cross Buns, Wolf, Twinkle Twinkle, Alabama Gal, A Ram Sam Sam, Ode to Joy

4th Grade:

Students are learning new folk dances and are reading more complex rhythm patterns in duple meter. They are also learning about harmony and how to sing in a two part, three part, and even a four part round.

Music Playlist:

Ask your student to sing or chant: Our Door is Always Open, Land of the Silver Birch

Important Dates

Need help with what letter day it is?

Monday, January 27th- E Day

Tuesday, January 28th-A Day

Wednesday, January 29th- B Day

Thursday, January 30th- C Day

Friday, January 31st- D Day

Upcoming Important Dates:

Jan. 18-Jan. 31 Yearbook Sale

January 31 Military Appreciation Night-HS Basketball Game

February 7 Eagle’s Nest

February 13 PTO Meeting 6:30pm

February 14 K-4 Valentine Parties 2:30-3:20

February 17 NO SCHOOL: President’s Day

February 20 P/T Conferences 4:00-8:00pm

Feb. 24- Feb. 28 Read Across America Week

Feb. 28 Rockin’ Recess

GRE Staff Shout Out!

Help us recognize our amazing GRE staff members! If you have an outstanding experience, fill out this form to let us know about it. Ms. Thoma in conjunction with our GRE PTO will be highlighting these amazing accomplishments!

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